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Registration Now Open for 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention in Berlin

— FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge and premium “All Access” Badge registration is now online for AES136 Convention —

New York, NY, March 6, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society has opened registration for the 136th AES International Convention, to be held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. Headed by the AES 136th Convention co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri, the convention is set to be the premier European gathering of audio industry professionals. Over 100 Tutorials, Workshops, Engineering Briefs and Paper Sessions have been announced that will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the professional audio industry, with further detailed session and event information coming soon. Attendees are encouraged to visit the AES136 Registration Page to pre-register for their FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge, or opt for the premium “All Access” Badge, as well as to find further details on hotels and special events.

Following the success of the Project Studio Expo (PSE) at recent previous conventions, the PSE will be making its European debut at AES136, and a special Technology Showcase will also provide participating companies with a chance to interface directly with interested end users and customers at this year’s exhibition. Additionally, the Technical Program for the 136th Berlin Convention is shaping up to be one of the most diverse to be presented by the Audio Engineering Society. Paper Sessions will include subjects such as acoustics, networked audio, multi-channel systems, mobile audio, and in-depth studies into aspects of microphone and loudspeaker design. Other popular Workshop and Tutorial Sessions will bring panels of experts together to discuss a range of practical application topics, such as Audio Forensics, Film Soundtrack Loudness, microphone technique and 3-D audio in automotive applications. The convention will also host a series of student-related events and opportunities, as well as a meeting of the AES Standards Committee, Awards, Special Events, and offsite Technical Tours to audio facilities of interest in the area.

Additional information on the 136th AES International Convention in Berlin is now available on the AES136 home page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.
For further details on the AES136 Technical Program: http://www.aes.org/events/136/program/
Online Registration: http://www.aes.org/events/136/registration/
Hotel and Venue Information: http://www.aes.org/events/136/attendees/hotel/

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Legendary Rocker Kip Winger Chooses Bose® L1® Systems

Bose® L1® Model II systems used by the multi-talented Kip Winger for his live acoustic shows and as studio monitors in his Nashville home setup

Framingham, Massachusetts, March 5, 2014 – Multi-platinum recording artist Kip Winger has always had serious musical chops, as he demonstrated during his first high-profile gig, playing bass with Alice Cooper, and for six years fronting the glam-metal band Winger. But aside from occasional shows with the reformed Winger band, his fans most frequently see him at his solo acoustic shows, at which he often performs using an L1® Model II portable loudspeaker system, B2 bass module and T1 ToneMatch® audio engine from Bose® Professional Systems. Winger generally takes only a single L1 system on the road for his solo acoustic shows. But he actually has two complete systems because he is also uniquely using a stereo L1 rig as studio monitors at his private home-based facility in Nashville.

Winger has long used Bose QC®15 headphones during the final stage of mixing. “The last three records I’ve made, I’ll mix my album and then the final thing I do is listen in those headphones. You can go out and buy all kinds of reference monitors, but so far as I can tell these headphones are incredible in terms of just referencing a mix. If it’s spanking in those headphones then I know I got it right,” he says.

Back in the day Winger was also lead singer with The Alan Parsons Live Project and also played with artists such as Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, Mark Farner and Neal Schon. Following his hard-rocking days, Winger studied hard and grew into a respected classical music composer whose works have been performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet.

After making friends with Bose personnel, he tried the L1 system and was blown away, he says. “I write a lot of classical music, so I wanted these for monitoring and for composing. I’ve got really good monitoring systems, extremely expensive stuff, but I prefer the Bose L1 system. It’s just a clear, spatially correct, musical monitoring system.”

Winger, who has had his score for choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts programmed into the San Francisco Ballet’s repertory for the past four years, says, “You can’t touch the Bose L1 systems for classical music—nothing comes close.” Next up is a metal album with the reformed Winger lineup. “We’ll see how that goes; I’m sure the system is going to be great because the frequency response is so accurate.”

On his solo acoustic shows, Winger typically travels light, carrying a single L1 Model II and a B2 Bass module and setting the system up behind him so that it serves as both a PA and monitor system. “It’s really clean, it’s super-loud and it doesn’t hurt your ears because there’s no distortion. And one unit is completely adequate for filling a 200- or 300-seat room. It’s a great system.”

He continues, “It’s everything that you miss from a live PA; it sounds like a record. My acoustic thing is more like a rock thing. I don’t use loops or anything, it’s just me and a guitar, but it takes a lot of bass to drive it. I’ll use a lot of low end—when I hit the guitar it’s like a kick drum. This system is the best full-range system for a small acoustic show that I have seen, by far.”

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SSL Live Console on the Road with Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front Tour

“I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system”

OXFORD, ENGLAND – When the company’s owner mandates the use of its latest technology for its first major tour, you can be sure everyone involved, knowing his perfectionist approach, gives it their full attention and then some. Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front tour made full use of the new SSL Live consoles supplied by Britannia Row Productions for the first part of the tour in Sept/Oct 2013, and will continue to demand perfection from the console when the tour resumes in April 2014. Happily, the hard work paid off and artists, engineers and SSL’s design team were all thrilled with the results – as were audiences across Europe.

Three Live consoles were employed to handle the Back to Front performances. One at front-of-house, one was for the band’s monitors and one was used for Peter Gabriel’s monitoring system. All the consoles performed flawlessly.

“The first thing to say about Live is that it sounds really good and makes mixing live audio very easy,” says Ben Findlay, FOH engineer. “You get lots of separation and clarity. The EQ is musical, never harsh, and the dynamics are transparent even when compressing a signal hard, as you would expect from an SSL console. The mixes come together quickly when starting from scratch. Because the audio is very clearly defined, you have more options regarding relative levels, so elements of a mix that may normally be masked with another console are still clearly audible. This leads to accomplishing the often illusive third dimension to a mix that live engineers strive for — and that is a real sense of depth. The console is also extremely reliable with not so much as a flicker during the whole tour. I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system. Live is a great console.”

The Live console was designed to appeal to engineers with a range of operational approaches and can be used very flexibly. The Back to Front shows provided clear evidence as the three highly experienced mixers took advantage of the adaptable bus architecture, processing tools and user interface options to support their personal approach to the differing tasks they were managing.

“Ben and I recorded a multi-track version of the Back to Front show during the U.S. tour in 2012, so we had a ready reference to run through the Live console when it became available before official show rehearsals,” says Richard Chappell, Peter Gabriel’s live show coordinator and personal monitoring and studio engineer. “When we first worked with Live, we realized how very exciting and pioneering this console was. This console sounds great. The first part of the learning curve was the impressive touch screen that allowed each of us to configure the setup the way we wanted to work. The needs of monitoring are, after all, different from FOH. For me, Live is the engineering equivalent of what a musical instrument is to a performer. I can now do what I do better with Live. Secondly, I’ve heard horror stories in the past about other new consoles going out and crashing or not working. With Live, we never lost a show, it always worked.”

“Live is a hybrid console that has a touch screen but it’s also button operated; a real crossover between two ways of working,” says monitor engineer Dee Miller. “For an engineer, it’s a very powerful tool and capable of doing a lot of things. What I’ve had to do is learn how to use the desk to mix the show my way, so Live is a tool for any particular job as opposed to bending a job around a different manufacturer’s tool. It’s got some great features on it and it’s very powerful. Live sounds great, the clarity is extremely good and I would just say that you can hear everything really, really well. From an engineering point of view, I made many performers happy with their monitor mixes using Live.”

Photography: York Tillyer
© 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Calibre UK announces that their LEDView530 scalers were deployed in what is believed to be the largest area of LED screen displays in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

“We believe that our easy to use LEDView530 scalers performed pixel accurate scaling of video content together with per-input channel colour calibration for display of live, recorded and graphics and backdrop content onto a large number of LED videowall displays at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, playing a fundamental part in the spectator, participant and viewer experience,” said Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director at Calibre UK.

“The LEDView530 was selected because of its competitive combination of superb performance, ease of use, flexibility and robust design as well as a proven track-record in live events use,” added Brooksbank.

“Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers were also used at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as for HM The Queen’s Jubilee. It’s very gratifying to see them utilized again for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.”

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in digital cinema, large venue projection and LED events, surgical medical applications and broadcast/television studios. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

www.calibreuk.com

ASHLY AUDIO APPOINTS NETHERLANDS-BASED MIKE VAN DER LOGT AS NEW SALES MANAGER FOR EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND AFRICA

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Spurred by growing demand in foreign markets that has prompted a complete sales reorganization, Ashly Audio has appointed industry veteran Mike van der Logt of 4M4You, to serve as its sales manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Van der Logt has over 25 years of experience in the industry providing product and relationship advice to pro audio manufacturers. Based in the Netherlands, he is well-suited to serve EMEA customers. On behalf of Ashly, van der Logt will travel the region to strengthen and expand business with existing distributors and develop new relationships to sustain and build sales momentum.

“Mike has extensive product knowledge, creative ideas for product applications, and a solid history of sales success,” said Mark Wentling CEO at Ashly. “He has a proven ability to develop sales in both new and existing markets, strong analytical and planning skills, and excellent rapport with people and cultures across EMEA. Mike develops meaningful relationships with clients and turns them into solid partners.”

“Ashly Audio would also like to thank Peter Malech of PM Distribution Germany, for his many years of exemplary representation of Ashly in the EMEA. While Peter is stepping down from his Ashly duties, and assisting in this transition, PM Distribution will also continue on with EMEA representation for other manufacturers.”

“Ashly has been in business for forty years and has a serious legacy in the industry,” said van der Logt. “Ashly’s track record and famous reliability has earned them a lot of loyalty, and I’m excited to build on that kind of success. There is a lot to talk about in Ashly’s extensive product line, from the established workhorses – like the modular ne24.24M processor – to exciting new advances – like the nX-Series amplifiers, which pack tremendous power, higher channel counts, plus Ethernet control, Network Audio, and DSP into just a 2-rack space footprint.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

(PHOTO CAPTION) (from left) Jon Paul Boucher – Ashly Audio COO; Mike van der Logt – Ashly Audio EMEA Sales Manager; Mark Wentling – Ashly Audio CEO.

Please stop by Ashly’s Prolight + Sound Booth 8.0D01 to meet Mike van der Logt and learn about Ashly’s ever growing product line.

ACCLAIMED MASTERING ENGINEER MATT COLTON RELIES ON ATC SCM150ASL PRO THREE-WAY ACTIVE REFERENCE MONITORS

WEST LONDON, U.K. – MARCH 2014: Matt Colton has been mastering albums for fifteen years. He continues to build on his growing reputation, mastering for the likes of Coldplay, James Blake, Gary Numan, and Metronomy, and his work recently earned him the title of “Mastering Engineer of the Year” from the Music Producers Guild. He has worked at several of London’s most esteemed mastering houses, including Porky’s Mastering, Optimum Mastering, AIR Studios, and Alchemy Mastering, the last of which he recently re-launched with original owners Barry Grint and Phil Kinrade. To maintain his edge, Colton installed a pair of ATC SCM150ASL PRO 3-way active loudspeakers in his critical listening room at the new Alchemy Mastering in West London.

For Colton, there’s more to mastering than simply having access to the latest and greatest ear-bending analog and digital signal processing technologies. “The things that are really important are the acoustics, speakers, amps, convertors, and power supplies, along with the wiring that connects them all together – everything that affects the sound in the room,” he said. “You cannot get around that. So I would rather have a great-sounding room and a workstation with a couple of plug-ins than every piece of hardware ever made and a poor-sounding room, because, no matter how much you say you understand the room, we all react to what’s coming out of the speakers and make our judgments based on how it sounds in the room. If the room is too bassy then the recording is going to be bass light, even if we know the room is too bassy.”

Fundamental to Colton’s current way of working is a pair of ATC SCM150ASL PRO 3-way active loudspeakers. “Having worked at AIR on a really lovely pair of hi-fi speakers, I felt I wanted to go back to studio monitoring and have something that maybe sounded a bit less polished in terms of the actual sound that’s coming out of the speaker,” he said. “So I’m working on a pair of SCM150ASL PROs. I’d previously worked on a pair of SCM200s many years ago, which I loved.”

An unconventional demonstration convinced Colton that the SCM150ASL PRO patently met his critical listening criteria: “I did a lecture at Westminster University in Harrow to over one-hundred people in a really big lecture hall with a massive ceiling height of fifty feet or so. Ben Lilly of ATC brought along a pair of SCM150s and I played some James Blake records with really low sub-bass – down at around 35Hz – and they just sounded glorious. It was a wonderful experience to hear those records played in that room only on a pair of speakers. So, on that basis, I’ve got the 150s in my mastering room – sadly, not quite as big as that lecture hall!”

With well-honed listening skills, Colton is perfectly positioned to provide honest insight into the SCM150ASL PRO in action at Alchemy Mastering. “They’re a direct and honest pair of speakers,” he said. “If the mix sounds good, then it sounds good here; if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t. There’s no flattery on the part of the speakers, though they’re wonderful to listen to when you get it right. I’ve really enjoying working on them.”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. www.transaudiogroup.com

DANLEY SOUND LABS SEEKS INTERNATIONAL DEALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS AT PRO LIGHT AND SOUND

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – MARCH 2014: Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers, will be at booth 8.0N60 (Hall 8.0, Booth N60) at Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, Germany March 12 –15, 2014. As Danley approaches its tenth year in business, its solid foundation in the house of worship and theater markets has expanded exponentially into the arena and stadium markets with the introduction of the Danley Genesis and Jericho horns, which deliver line array coverage from point-source designs. To support and sustain that growth, Danley is seeking international dealers and distributors in several key locations to join its team. Interested parties should either contact Jonathan “J.P.” Parker, Director of Sales, and Chad Edwardson, Applications Engineer, or meet them at Pro Light & Sound.

“Although we have many areas of the world covered, there are still numerous holes in Danley’s global dealer and distribution network that need to be filled,” said Parker. “We’re looking forward to meeting with candidates at Pro Light & Sound.” In addition to a collection of its established models, Danley will have its new OS 80 weatherproof loudspeaker and its new SBH-10 Skinny Big Horn at the show. Danley designs have made a big splash in the American and European sports arena market, with Genesis Horn and Jericho horn installations at football stadiums (Lambeau Field and Ralph Wilson Stadium), college American football stadiums (Louisiana State University, Arizona University, Brigham Young University, Michigan State University, and Northwestern University, among many others), and as well as indoor sports arenas.

To set up an appointment contact: J.P. Parker (jp@danleysoundlabs.com) or Chad Edwardson (chad@danleysoundlabs.com)

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

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